Woodbrook Golf Club

Course Facts:
Address Dublin Road Secretary/Manager: Jim Melody
Bray Captain: Robert Argue
Co. Wicklow Lady Captain: Karina Tierney
Telephone: 01-2824799 President: Tom Pitt
Public No: 01-2824799 Vice-Captain: Dolores Flood & Tom Noonan
Fax: 01-2821950    
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Website: www.woodbrook.ie    
Founded: 1926 Designed by: Peter McEvoy
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 1200 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €45 Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 12.00pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €20 Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €20 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Weekends, Tuesdays & Wednesday
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: Yes    


Course Description
Course Description:

Woodbrook Golf Club is perched on top of one hundred foot sea-cliffs, landscaped on all sides and steeped in history, and offers a new challenge to today’s golfers. Leading new-age architect Peter McEvoy has handsomely redesigned Woodbrook’s layout. The result being a course that sits comfortably alongside other rich new creations such as Mount Juliet, The K Club and Portmarnock Links. Eighteen new, sand based, bent grass greens of varying sculpture and built to a standard set by the USGA, combined with the cunning placement of fairway and greenside bunkers, call for shot making virtuosity of the highest calibre. The surrounding views are stunning with Bray Head, the Sugar Loaf, Killiney and the Irish Sea all within sight.

Woodbrook was the venue of the Carroll’s Irish Open for many years and was the venue of the AIB Irish Seniors Open Championship in 1998 and has staged many GUI Championships throughout its long history. "Woodbrook has history, ambience and class. Golf and it’s high-tech equipment has outgrown it’s challenge...now I hope you agree that my design changes will prove to have redressed this balance and place Woodbrook on top of Irish championship venues". A proud Peter McEvoy. Woodbrook has a magnificent new Clubhouse catering for the golfers every need. Woodbrook offers members and visitors alike a friendly and challenging golfing experience to rival the very best available.

Voted the No. 68-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Golf Digest Ireland” in 2008. Woodbrook was voted No. 28 Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland.

Open & Major Fixtures 2011
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Club History
Club History

Instituted 1920, affiliated 1921. Sir Stanley Cochrane of mineral water fame was responsible for the origins of golf at Woodbrook. An enthusiastic sportsman, he had first-class cricket facilities at his residences, where International cricket teams played before the Great War. Sometime after 1912, he had a private course laid out at Woodbrook, where he would entertain his friends. Brian Brooks-Alder, ho became his private secretary, introduced him to the game. "Irish Life", on the 5th November 1920, gives the following account "A meeting was held at Woodbrook, Bray, on Thursday, at which it was decided to form the Woodbrook Golf Club. The rules submitted to the meeting were adopted and the following officers were elected: President, Sir Stanley H. Cohrane, Bart, D. L., Captain, Richard P. Pim, Hon. Secretary, and Treasurer, George Revell. The meeting appointed a committee and elected a number of members.

The Woodbrook course is situated on a most favourable ground. It commands a glorious view of the sea and mountain. It is one of the longest nine-hole courses around Dublin. Woodbrook, no doubt, must be regarded as a proprietary course, but with such an enthusiastic sportsman as President, Woodbrook Club is certain to flourish." Woodbrook became an open club in 1926 and affiliated to the GUI in 1921, according to the 1928 Yearbook. A fine new clubhouse and improvements to the course were carried out in the late 1990s.

Members Achievements

Paul McDonald won the West of Ireland Open Championship at Co. Sligo Golf Club on 13th April 2004 when he beat Greg Bowden of Hermitage in the Final.The Ladies of Woodbrook Golf Club qualified to represent their club in the International Finals at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in December 2002, when they beat Ranfurly Castle Golf Club from Scotland, at Msnchester in October. The team was Liz Kinsella, Geraldine Magee, Marguerite Kennedy and Sue Phillips.

Woodbrook Golf Club qualified for the National Finals of the Mitsubishi Electric-Irish-Independent Nationwide Golf Challenge, in aid of the Special Olympics played at Luttrellstown Golf Club on September 18th 2002. The team was Sean Malone (11), Michael Cooley (11), John Geelon (13) and John O'Sullivan (14).

Niamh Boland (28) and James Flood (2) qualified for the National Finals of the Spar-Irish Independent National Mixed Pairs, when they shot 46 points at South County Golf Club in July 2002.

Sue Philips was selected on the Leinster Ladies Team for the AIB Interprovincial Championships at Mount Wolseley Golf Club from August 7-9 2002.

Woodbrook got to the Grand Final of the Mitsubishi-Irish Final in the Algarve in October 2001. The team was Sean Malone (10), Michael Cooley (12), John Gealon (12) , and Michael Dennehy (15) they came second to Royal Tara. 

Mary Anderson Captained the Irish Senior Ladies team in their first European Senior Ladies' Team Championship at the Schonenberg Golf Club in Switzerland from the 3rd to the 7th of September 2001.

Woodbrook Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at Galway G. C. in 1986, when the team was Liam McNamara, Gerry O'Connor, John L. Hughes, Paddy Lewis and Jimmy Mooney.

Woodbrook Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield at The Royal Dublin G. C.  in 1974, The team was, Tony Heverin, Pat Mulcare, Niall O'Farrell and Dan Kennedy.

Woodbrook Golf Club won the Leinster Final and were All-Ireland Finalists of the Pierce Purcell Shield at Athlone Golf Club in 1998, when the team was, T. Miley, L. Mahon, M. Hughes, P. Miley, E. Cranley, G. Griffin, E. McSweeney, N. Murphy, D. Marsh, J. Murphy, C. Blair, T. Kelly, S. Malone, D. Smith, T. Pitt and M. Mee, they were managed by M. Colley 

They won the Barton Cup in 1943 when the team was, Rev. McC Brady, J. D. O'Reilly, B. J. Scannell, J. Moran, J. J. Doyle, P. Redmond, D. Lynch, J. A. McMahon, B. Lynch, M. McCarthy and C. J. McAllister.

They won the Leinster Final of the Irish Club Youths in 1996.

They won the Brennan Cup in 1995, when the team was J. Swaine, D. O'Connell, J. Murphy, A. J. Kelly, D. P. Early, L. O'Reilly, M. Kelly, H. O'Donnell, J. Lester, J. Morris, M. G. Colley and J. Sly, they were managed by K. MacDonald.

They won the Fitzgibbon Cup in 1991, when the team was, Ken Kinsella, Eugene Cranley, Paddy Early, Jim Lawlor, Tony Kelly, Dermot Roughan, John Swaine, Frank Tobin, Jim Slye, Des Griffin, they were managed by Peter O'Flanagan.

Millennium Lady Captain Mary O'Keeffe  (13) and her Captain's Prize winner Marguerite Kennedy (16) won the National Final of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captain's Classic at Druid's Glen on the 2nd of October, 2000, with a score of 39 points.

Mairead McNamara, playing off a handicap of 5 won the Ladies section of the Chiquita Long Drive Challenge, when she drove the ball 238 yd's down the fairway at the first in Lucan Golf Club in September, 2000.

Pat Mulcare played Walker Cup at St. Andrews in 1975. 

L. G. MacNamara participated in the Home International matches from 1977 to 1992, playing 58 matches.  He won the Willie Gill Perpetual Award in 1977, with 110 points and represented Leinster from 1974 to 1996, playing 134 matches.

Anthony J. Haverin participated in the Home Internationals in 1978.

Pat Mulcare played in the Home Internationals from 1968 to 1980, playing 44 matches. 

Liam McNamara made 100 appearances for Ireland between 1997 to 1992.

B. J. Scannell made 32 apperances for Ireland between 1947 and 1954.

J. Mitchell represented Connaught from 1988 to 1990 and played Connaught Youths in 1986.  

J. MacNamara played Leinster Youths' in 1985. 

G. O'Connor played Leinster Youths' in 1982. 

Claire Hourihane made 155 apperances for Ireland between 1979 to 1992

Mary Barry played for the Irish Girls' in 1974.

Anne Barry played for the Irish Girls' in 1976.

Miss Claire Hourihane represented Ireland in the European Ladies Team Championship at Tubbercurry in 1987, at Pals, Spain 1989, at Wentworth in 1991 having played for the Irish Girls' in 1975 and 1976 and she won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Phil Wickham of Laytown, Bettystown in 1981, 1982, 1984, and 1985. 

Nicola Roughan was selected to play in the European Ladies Junior Championship at Shannon Golf Club in 1990 having played for the Irish Girls' in 1987 and 1988. 

Miss Mairead Mullins won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Moira Cassidy of "The Island" in 1987.

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
V. Dineen 8 June 1999 17th   136 yd's
Des Cahill 12 July 1999 17th 8 iron 136 yd's
P. Dolan 16 July 2000 17th   131 yd's
M. Towers 24 August 2004 9th   121 yds

Card of the Course
Card of the Course (yards)
Hole No Gold Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 506 506 502 495 5 17 428 5 15
2 194 194 184 178 3 5 172 3 5
3 383 383 375 362 4 3 363 4 3
4 449 392 382 372 4 11 349 4 9
5 576 576 556 529 5 7 498 5 1
6 401 401 382 372 4 9 350 4 7
7 482 467 456 456 4 1 443 5 17
8 385 385 358 347 4 13 326 4 11
9 157 157 140 129 3 15 133 3 13
Out 3,533 3,461 3,335 3,250 36   3,062 37  
10 443 443 416 344 4 4 330 4 6
11 196 175 164 164 3 10 136 3 14
12 542 542 530 519 5 14 498 5 12
13 230 230 209 202 3 6 177 3 8
14 551 551 526 498 5 12 468 5 2
15 447 447 434 413 4 2 425 5 18
16 507 507 486 477 5 16 457 5 16
17 136 136 130 129 3 18 131 3 12
18 371 371 352 352 4 8 337 4 10
In 3,423 3,402 3,247 3,098 36   2,959 37  
Total 6,956 6,863 6,582 6,348 72   6,021 74  
SSS 73 73 71 70     75    

Roll of Honour
Mrs. M. Maloney 1989 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Curran 1990 Ladies Captain
Mrs. P. Kissane 1991 Ladies Captain
Mrs. E. Kinsella 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. P. Hamilton 1993 Ladies Captain
Ita Thornton 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. Deirdre Dolan 1995 Ladies Captain
Margaret Towers 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. V. O'Reilly 1997 Ladies Captain
Clora Quinlan 1998 Ladies Captain
Mary O'Keeffe 2000 Ladies Captain
Betty Burke 2001 Ladies Captain
Laurie O'Driscoll 2002 Ladies Captain
Maureen Ambrose 2003 Ladies Captain
Mairead Dennehy 2004 Ladies Captain
Anne Harnett 2005 Ladies Captain
Noreen Flood 2006 Ladies Captain
Geraldine Lyons 2007 Ladies Captain
K. Meehan 2001 Ladies President
Jack McKeon 1989 Men's Captain
C. J. Dodd 1990 Men's Captain
Joe Guerin 1991 Men's Captain
Michael Darcy 1992 Men's Captain
Paddy Cullen 1993 Men's Captain
Brendan Lynch 1994 Men's Captain
Peter O'Flanagan 1995 Men's Captain
Michael Kelly 1996 Men's Captain
Dermot Pierce 1997 Men's Captain
Pat Dunphy 1998 Men's Captain
Tom Murphy 1999 Men's Captain
Myles Cunningham 2000 Men's Captain
Malachy Martin 2001 Men's Captain
Ben McFadden 2002 Men's Captain
Noel Dwyer 2003 Men's Captain
Peter Hopkins 2004 Men's Captain
John Geelon 2005 Men's Captain
Ciaran Ronan 2006 Men's Captain
Tim Miley 2007 Men's Captain
M. C. Cronin 1989 President
Paul Goff 1990 President
Dermot Roughan 1991 President
Sean Dillon 1992 President
H. Harnett 1993 President
Maurice O'Sullivan 1994 President
Brian Kissane 1995 President
Walter Goff 1996 President
J. P. Hamilton 1997 President
J. P. Hamilton 1998 President
P. J. Geraghty 1999 President
Sean McDermott 2000 President
K. Meehan 2001 President
J. O'Shea 2002 President
Billy Kelly 2003 President
Billy Kelly 2004 President
Billy Kelly 2005 President
Tom Murray 2006 President
Tom Murray 2007 President
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